Schooling green pony

Highflinger

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I have a young green pony and I am not a good rider although we are having lessons. He was backed when I purchased and had hacked out a few times but that was all. I have now had him a year and I feel we should be further forward than we are. I feel we may progress better if I had someone to school my pony for me. I know of someone who would come once or twice a week to school for half an hour at a time. Realistically how many sessions do you think we would need to get him going nicely - he walks and trots nicely in the school but canter has only been occasionally out hacking in straight ( in reality wobbly) lines so far! Cantering in the school for me on a pony I am not confident will be able to go round a corner makes me very nervous.. I am not bothered about jumping - something he has not done at all. I would ideally like to be able to have a pony who is balanced in walk , trot and canter and ride a decent low level dressage test.
I am thinking if he was more schooled by someone competent so he knows what is required I could then improve more quickly.
 

matt_m

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Impossible to say - totally depends on the horse/pony.

Your best bet is to have someone competent school but then also have lessons with him so you can get the best out of him and increase your confidence.
 

lamlyn2012

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Would you be able to put him on a schooling livery for a while where he would be worked consistently and professionally. You would still visit and ride him yourself sometimes but you'd have help and support for both of you.
 

Highflinger

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Thanks for your replies . I know it will vary from horse to horse but I would have hoped to be confidently cantering him in the school after a year but we are not and I feel the combination of his inexperience and my inability is slowing us down.

A schooling livery is not really an option as he is also a companion for my other horse and there is no where local - the ones local seem only interested in very high level event horses not my little pony.
 

Mari

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Where are you? I have a super trainer who regularly comes to me & schools my new ‘green’ pony whilst I am on the sick list. I also have a lesson when I can.
 
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